Plan Your Trip: Check our Fairfax, VA Events Calendar!

Fairfax, VA events bring the crowds all through the year and Holiday Inn Express Fairfax hotel is the perfect lodging option. Visitors from Washington D.C., Baltimore, Leesburg, and even Pennsylvania travel in to Fairfax for a stunning variety of local events. Cultural events, food festivals, craft shows, battle reenactments – the Fairfax calendar of events has them all.

Our Fairfax hotel near Washington D.C. provides a central location to enjoy all the many things to do in Fairfax County. Our proximity to Dulles International Airport, historic downtown Fairfax, and Washington D.C. makes us the perfect choice when headed to a local Fairfax event.

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During your stay, consider a visit to these popular Fairfax, VA annual events:


Chocolate Lovers Festival
Old Town Fairfax | Fairfax, VA | 703-385-1661 |
A love of all things chocolate unifies the visitors of this "sweet" two-day festival. The headline event is the Taste of Chocolate, where top area chocolate sellers and confectioners sell their best goodies. Also features a craft show and bake sales.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Throughout Washington DC | 1- 877-442-5666 |
Celebrating the on-going friendship between the U.S. and Japan, the 2 week National Cherry Blossom Festival is held at the beginning of spring amid the blossoms of 3,000 beautiful cherry trees. The festival begins with an eclectic opening ceremony and contains non-stop entertainment: music, history and the nation's largest Japanese Street Festival.


Spotlight on the Arts
Throughout Fairfax | 703-352-2787 |
A year-long, city-wide celebration of Fairfax and the immense artistic credibility of northern Virginia and D.C. The highlight is a three-week performance festival. Dance, music, theater, art and choral performances are hosted nightly during this spectacular Fairfax event.


Fairfax Civil War Day
3610 Old Lee Highway | Fairfax, VA | 703-591-0560
Historic Blenheim Estate hosts this fun and light-hearted tribute to the American Civil War and its role in the region of north Virginia. Authentic period music, living history reenactments, children's activities and tours of the house highlight the occasion.

National Police Week
Throughout Washington DC |
Each year between 20,000 and 40,000 law enforcement officials from our nation and across the globe attend National Police Week to honor fallen officers. Events include the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service and candle-light vigil.

Rolling Thunder
Fairfax Boulevard | Fairfax, VA | 703-352-5400
Paying tribute America’ s service men and women, Rolling Thunder is a 4 day event hosted by Patriot Harley-Davidson and the Fairfax, VA Chapter, Harley Owners Group. Culminating in a parade down Fairfax Boulevard, join over 3,500 bikers from across the nation in commemorating fallen soldiers and MIAs/POWs.


Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show
Old Town Fairfax | Fairfax, VA | 703-385-7949
Fairfax hosts the region’s largest hometown parade and celebration. Festivities begin with the colorful morning parade in Old Fairfax. In the evening, free live music concerts are held at the center of the city.


Fall for the Book Festival
Various Locations | 703-993-3986 |
Fall back in love with reading and literature at this popular two-day literacy event in Fairfax, DC and Maryland. Nationally acclaimed writers host readings, discussions, lectures and exhibits. Most events are free.


Fall Festival
Old Town Fairfax | Fairfax, VA | 703-385-7858
Kick off the fall season at this Virginia family event in early-to-mid October. Enjoy arts and crafts, ethnic cuisine and traditional fair foods, children's play area, rides and live musical entertainment.


Holiday Craft Show
3501 Rebel Run | Fairfax, VA | 703-385-7858
For nearly a quarter-century, the City of Fairfax has hosted this craft show featuring seasonal arts and crafts. For the kids, a visit from St. Nick is always a highlight.


Festival of Lights & Carols
Various Locations | 703-385-7858
Join in one of the many traditional events in Fairfax, VA as we ring in the holidays with a beautiful light display on Main Street, culminating in the lighting of the city tree. Don’t miss lunch with Santa Clause at this special Fairfax event!

So many terrific events in Fairfax, VA – even more terrific reasons to stay at Holiday Inn Express Fairfax Hotel.